Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lambs and Cows

I wanted to take a minute and post some more ornaments we've made as part of our Around the Manger unit.
Last Friday we read The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, a tender story about a crippled little lamb who feels left out and different from the rest of the flock. He finally realizes that God has a special place for him when he witnesses a very special event.
After our reading we made little lamb ornaments from polymer clay using these directions. I have to take a moment and brag on my 4 and 6 yr. old. These ornaments were a bit more involved than I realized, but they were do-able. However, we worked on them for close to an hour, and Superman and Giggly Girl sat patiently working and shaping their clay and following my directions. They were so proud of their ornaments when they finished. Even though this was not really a "creative" activity (because we were following someone else's model), it was a good exercise in following directions and getting the feel of working with clay. (This was really our first project using clay, and they enjoyed it.)

On Monday we read Who is Coming to Our House by Joseph Slate. This is a story about the animals of the stable preparing for their very special guest, Baby Jesus. It uses repetitive language that had my children reading along here and there by the end of the first reading. The cow is featured as he asks, "Who is coming to our house?" So for this book we made cowbell ornaments from small terracotta pots. We loosely followed these directions.

That's all for now. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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